Feb. 15 Police Update: attempted murder, door-crashing real estate, Keno fraud

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 5o files, which included five prisoners, in the past week.

Around 1:10 p.m. on Feb. 6

Around 1:10 p.m. on Feb. 6

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 5o files, which included five prisoners, in the past week.


Failed attempt at murder

A Vanderhoof man is charged for attempting murder with a pistol this month.

At about 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 2, the Vanderhoof RCMP was called to a location on Victoria Street East, where a man fired a round of pistol at a male target. The victim, uninjured, fled the scene with two witnesses and contacted the police, who arrested the suspect without incident on location.

A search warrant conducted on the property revealed multiple firearms, including the suspected weapon — a .45-caliber pistol.

Domestic-related issues are involved in the incident, and Major Crime Unit of North District RCMP assisted with the investigation.

The suspect appeared in court on Feb. 7, when Crown approved attempted murder charges. He is now detained in custody.


Real estate doorcrasher

Reported at 1:10 p.m. on Feb. 6, a van travelling northbound on Burrard Avenue was running through a red light on Stewart Street, when a westbound car going through the intersection on a green light clipped the van’s back end, sending it into the eastside storefronts of Burrrard.

Both drivers showed no signs of impairment and remained on scene to assist with police investigation. Witnesses of the incident confirmed their reports of the collision.

The van’s driver is charged with a Motor Vehicle Act offence, and the other driver was taken to the hospital for observations.

“Given the location and time of day, we are fortunate that no one was seriously hurt,” said Sgt. Svend Nielsen. “It’s a reminder that running a red light could have serious consequences.”


Fraud alert by mass lottery buyer

Stolen credit card information is being used by a woman in northern B.C. to buy Keno and other gambling game tickets en masse.

Reported on Feb. 1 at about 4 p.m., a woman known to police attempted to fraudulently use credit card information to buy Keno and other scratch play games at Brookside Resort.

At some places in the region, including Prince George, she bought $3,000 to $6,000 worth of the gambling cards. Investigation continues for the case, and the police is warning businesses and individuals of the active fraudster.

“If some one is purchasing large quantities of Keno with a credit card machine, there may be criminal activity involved,” Nielsen said.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP